Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest

Is absolutely stunning. I sat outside on a bench at 2 am listening to this recording and was almost moved to tears.

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Okay, so everyone seems to be hailing Lily Allen’s new song as a feminist anthem and if you wanna do that then that’s cool whatever it’s not for me to decide. But if you want a feminist song/video tackling misogyny and racism then you should definitely watch and listen to That’s Alright by Laura Mvula. Not only is it a good, catchy, singalong song that tells you it’s okay to be who you are, but the video itself demonstrates how black people in the media and entertainment industries are used as props, simple entertainment for white people. 

I especially like when she gets to the chorus and she’s singing “Who made you the centre of the universe?” at the all-white audience. A really brilliant yet underrated song and video.

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Laura Mvula performing a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ in the Radio 1 Live Lounge.

DYNAMIC AFRICA MIX #2: WOMEN’S MONTH MUSIC MIX

A quick lil’ mix I put together in celebration of August being Women’s Month (in SA) with artists from around the continent representing some of the latest sounds of women artists from South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, and Algeria and Sierra Leone via the UK.

TRACKLIST:

  • Yadi - Guillotine
  • Zaki Ibrahim - Draw the Line
  • Laura Mvula - That’s Alright
  • Temi DollFace - Pata Pata
  • Goldie Harvey ft AY - Skibobo
  • DJ Zinhle ft Busiswa - My Name Is
  • Duke Dumont ft A*M*E - Need U (100%)
  • Lebo Mathosa - Ntozabantu
  • Lizha James & Perola - Leva Boy

Hope you’ve been enjoying the Women’s Month posts!

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AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

MIXCLOUD | SOUNDCLOUD | MUSIC TAG | MUSIC MIXES

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Laura Mvula’s Metropole Orkest-backed Album is the Stuff That Starry Dreams Are Made Of.

It’s been incredible watching the rise and rise of Laura Mvula over the past two years.

Since the release of her vocally arresting debut single She, Mvula’s been shortlisted Critics’ Choice award at the 2013 BRIT Awards, nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, signed a major recording contract, released her incredible first album Sing to the Moon which reached number 9 on the UK Albums Chart, fell within the top 100 in seven other countries and entered the US Billboard 200 peaking at 173. At the 2013 MOBO awards, she took home the awards for best female act and best R&B or soul artist.

Knowing her LP Sing to the Moon was more than just a contemporary classic-folk-soul-pop album, or what The Guardian calls “gospeldelia”, Mvula released an absolutely enchanting version of her debut album in June this year. Called, Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley at Abbey Road Studios, Mvula’s re-recording was made in collaboration with the Metropole Orkest, conducted by Jules Buckley and recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios. It features ethereal orchestral re-workings of songs from Sing to the Moon.

If it wasn’t plain to see before, it most certainly is clear now. With this album, Mvula makes concrete that she’s in a league of her own. It’s captivating, classic and celestial.

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